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Morbidology the Podcast – 06: The Freeway Phantom

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Over a 16-month period, beginning in the spring of 1971, an elusive killer targeted young African American girls in Washington, D.C. Seeing as the unidentified killer disposed of the bodies near busy freeways in both the District of Columbia and in Prince, he was dubbed “The Freeway Phantom.” To Washington D.C. he was what The Strangler was to Boston and The Zodiac was to San  Francisco.

Who was “The Freeway Phantom?”

Sources:

  • The Evening Star – 18 November, 1971 – “Police Ask Public Aid on Killer”
  • Washington Post – June 26, 2006 – “Freeway Phantom Slayings Haunt Police, Families”
  • The Evening Star – 18 November, 1971 – “Police Ask Public Aid on Killer”
  • The Sunday Star – 3 November, 1971 – “They Can’t Believe She’s Really Gone”
  • The Evening Star – 2 October, 1971 – “Body of Girl, 12, Found Near Road”
  • The Washington Daily – 7 September, 1972 – “Arrest in 1 Slaying; Search in 2nd
  • The Evening Star – 21 July, 1971 – “Congress Heights Residents Protest Deaths of Two Girls”
  • The Evening Star – 23 November, 1972 – “Star Offer Brings Calls”
  • Washington City Paper – 25 April, 2011 – “Why the Freeway Phantom Still Hasn’t Been Caught”
  • The Washington Post, 22 May, 2018 – “Six Black Girls Were Brutally Murdered in the Early 70s. Why Was This Case Never Solved?”

Audio Credit:

Ever Mindful – Kevin MacLeod

Dark Tranquillity – Anno Domini Beats

“1968 King Assassination Report – CNN”

“The Freeway Phantom Revisited”

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